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Greek Gods and Goddess Sixth Grade Research Project

Sixth Grade Social Studies


Mrs. Weis
January 2014
Dear Social Studies Scholars,
We are going to spend two weeks working on a Greek gods and goddess project. We
will use some class time to work on this project, but you will need to work on it at home too.
Your completed assignment is due on Thursday, January 30th. We will present your projects in
class on January 30th and January 31st.
You will complete a writing project to supplement what youve been learning in social
studies class. You will write a research report on the Greek god or goddess of your choice and
you will also create a colored cover to accompany your informational report.
You many choose any one of the 16 options that I give you. You will have to conduct the
research on your own, using resources at the library or on the computer. You must document
(or cite) where you get ALL your information. Do not make any information up, and do not use
information from your head or another person. This is an informational report, and the
information about the god must be completely accurate. Nonetheless, you cannot copy
another authors writing into your report, so you must paraphrase ideas (put the ideas into
your own words) you read in your resources. Copying or not citing your sources is considered
plagiarism and will not be tolerated. You will be given a zero on this assignment if you
plagiarize.
All sixth grade students must complete this project; this assignment is 100 points and
will be part of your third quarter grade. I am excited to read your reports and see your covers
because I know that they will be awesome!
If you have questions at any time, please just ask me. Good luck!

Happy researching,
Mrs. Weis

OPTIONS:
Your options for the Greek god/goddess to research include:
1. Aphrodite
2. Apollo
3. Ares
4. Artemis
5. Athena
6. Demeter
7. Dionysus
8. Eros
9. Hades
10. Hephaestus
11. Hera
12. Hermes
13. Hestia
14. Pan
15. Poseidon
16. Zeus

goddess of love and beauty


god of the sun, poetry, & music
god of war
goddess of the moon & the hunt
goddess of wisdom & war
goddess of agriculture
god of wine & fertility
god of love
god of the underworld
god of fire & metalworkers
goddess of marriage
messenger of the gods & god of travel
goddess of the hearth (family fire)
god of nature
god of the sea
ruler of the gods

RESEARCH:
You must use 2 or more resources (websites, encyclopedias, or books) to gather information
for your project. The following are suggested resources to use for your research, but you may
also use other resources at the library. For the websites listed below, be sure to type in the
entire web address. At each site, you will need to navigate on the page and click on the
appropriate links to find more information about your chosen god/goddess. As one more
reminder, you must write down information about each resource that you use using the
forms provided.
o Internet websites:

http://www.greekmythology.com/Olympians/olympians.html
http://greek-gods.info/greek-gods/
http://www.mythweb.com/
http://www.timelessmyths.com/classical/olympians.html
http://greece.mrdonn.org/greekgods/index.html
http://www.webexhibits.org/greekgods/index.html
http://www.pantheon.org/areas/mythology/europe/greek/

o Encyclopedias
World Book Encyclopedia

World Encyclopedia
o Books
Wilkinson, Philip. (2007). Eyewitness: Mythology, Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd.
Selection of other books from local public library
PROJECT OVERVIEW:
REPORT: The final product that students will create is a 7-paragraph informational research
report on the Greek god or goddess of his/her choice that contains the following information:
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Introduction: Greek and Roman name of the god (and origins of name), the title of the
god, a list of any important powers the god has, and a brief description of where the god
can usually be found (where does the god spend his/her time in most myths?).
Family/Relatives: parents, siblings (brothers/sisters), and children; what gods or
goddesses did he or she marry, love, or desire?
History: the story of the development of the god through birth, infancy, childhood, and
life as an adult
Physical appearance and symbols: description of what the god looked like and any
weapons / objects / animals / other symbols associated with the god
Celebration: are/were there any festivals to celebrate this god? Is this god a patron god
of any city or area?
Summary of one important myth involving the god: a retelling of the major events in one
myth, with a focus on the most important characteristics and powers of the god
Conclusion: other interesting facts or identifying characteristics about the god, summary
of the findings and characteristics of the god; remember to leave the reader with something
to remember about your god/goddess

COVER PAGE: Students will also create a colored cover page that includes:

Greek name of the god


the title of the god (found on page 2 of this packet)
hand-drawn OR printed image of the god or goddess (must be colored)
your name (as the author)

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Additionally, the report will include a bibliography citing all resources used to
gather information for the report. Students must use at least 2 different sources to research
their god or goddess. For the bibliography, the only requirement is that students complete the
same graphic organizer found in this packet.

Name _______________________________
Rubric
Completed Graphic Organizers: ________________/15
Edited Rough Draft: ________________/10
Report Elements: ________________/35

Introduction
Family/Relatives
History
Physical appearance and symbols
Celebration
Summary of one important myth involving the god
Conclusion

Cover: ________________/10
Bibliography: _______________/5
Free of spelling errors: _____________________/10
Presentation: _______________________/15
Total: _____________________/100